If you’re anything like us, your holiday list is a long one. There’s not really one store that covers the coffee lover, the community conscious, the health and wellness enthusiast, the dad who has everything, the furry friends, the busy mom and the host with the most. It’s tricky to know where to go, what to get and how to get it all done. Don’t fret – we’re here to help with the Spotlight Shop Gift Guide.

The history of the gift guide

A few years ago, M&T Bank rolled out our Small Business Spotlight Shop – a hub to discover new small businesses near and far, hear their stories and shop their products and/or services. The shop is accessible online and in person through pop-ups at popular city attractions.

Small businesses are what make our neighborhoods unique. So, it just makes sense that the most unique gifts come from them too, right? In preparation for the holidays, M&T folks from all walks of life did a scan through all our small business partners to put the perfect presents into one gift guide.


Well, what are you waiting for?

There's a section for almost every personality, and a handful of suggestions we think each group will love. The best part is, they all come from small businesses! Some may be nearby, and some from another state – either way, these gifts are guaranteed to be the talk of your holidays! Skip scrolling through pages of Pinterest and spending hours trying to figure out a gift that’s different. We have it all right here and it’s tied up in a nice little green bow.

Grab some milk and cookies, turn up Mariah, and let’s wrap up your holiday shopping. (Ha, holiday jokes!)